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Walderedo De Oliveira

I hope that in viewing my art, modern men may see and better understand the infinite possibilities of self-sustenance offered to us by the cultures of forest people.

Deep within the trees, these people have lived, generation after generation, in an intimate and harmonious relationship with our Mother Nature.

Having developed a very complex and sophisticated culture based on their natural surroundings and conscious of their role as equal players in the constantly changing cosmos, they interact and live peacefully with all the other species.

The exhaustion of the world's natural resources taking place today represents the exhaustion of our civilization itself. A renovation of values and ethics, an 'EcoRevolution' is needed and expected to come by native cultures around the world, as well large portions of city dwelllers.

Perhaps a closer look at the traditional ways of native cultures can illuminate the obscurity of our days to come.

Walderedo De Oliveira, New York, 1995 (revised in Kyoto 2006)


For Brazilian born artist Walderedo De Oliveira, the Amazonian rain forest is more than a theme for his striking, sensual and visionary canvases, The fate of that vast tract of land and of its native cultures, now being destroyed at an unprecedented rate, is both an inspiration and a spiritual obsession. If this environment and its Indian inhabitants are destroyed, Walderedo is convinced, a part of us will die as well.

Walderedo's deep concern for the rain forests is not a new one. As a teenager in Brazil, the artist already grasped the tragedy that lay ahead if exploitation of the Amazon continued.

The artist believes that an unfortunate blindness to the fate of the Indians' environment is common in Brazil; most Brazilians think that the Amazon will never vanish.

Despite this attitude, or because of it, more than 10,000 thousand square miles of Amazon Rainforest are destroyed each year by logging and cattle farming. In the devastation, more than a hundred species of plants, animal and insects are lost each day. The indigenous people and cultures of the forest are being displaced. In few hundred years ago, 9 million indigenous people inhabited the Amazon. Today, fewer than 200,000 remain. As the Amazon dies, we lose cultures, biodiversity, and beauty of untold value.

Walderedo hopes that his work, inspired by the Amazon, can help inspire the citizens of the world to find balance in their way of life, to work to guarantee the survival of our healthy natural environment for generations to come.


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